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Downtown LA Jury Duty lunch tour

Alfredo Garcia | Oct 21, 2004 09:46 PM

I served Jury Duty this week at the criminal courthouse in downtown LA. I decided to take advantage of the Red Line and the ability to walk around.

Day 1 - Patinette at MOCA. The Ed Ruscha show is great. The food at Patinette is okay, albeit overpriced. I had a cup of cream of broccoli soup, half a roast beef sandwich, and a side of bulgur salad. Nothing really jumped out in terms of flavor, but it was not disappointing, either, just pricier than I pay for lunch near my own workplace at $15. Thursdays is $1/glass house wine with food purchase.

Day 2 - Took the Red Line to Union Station and walked to Phillipe's for my first experience. Kitschy. The beef French dip was okay, but a deal for $4.50. I should have got a side of au jus. I like the cole slaw. The mustard is spicy. The wine list is great, seriously. You get a good pour of Duckhorn Decoy for $5, or Silver Oak Cab for $13. I'll go back the next time I have jury duty downtown.

Day 3 - Took the Red Line to MacArthur Park and walked a block to Langer's. Another 'classic' LA restaurant, and I can see why. The hot pastrami with cole slaw, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese is the best that I have had in LA. Maybe that's not saying much, but it was great sandwich. Expensive at $10.20. I don't know how this place would stay in business if not for the Red Line. I picked up to go a quart of chicken matzo ball for $7.50. Okay, but not worth $7.50, unless you can figure that you get to keep the quart Mason jar. The sandwich was great, though, and I might be back the next time I have jury duty downtown.

Day 4 - Pink's had a stand setup selling chili dogs at the plaza at Kenneth Hahn Admin Hall plaza during a Ride Share Fair. They had that Pink's snap, and orange sludge chili. Great, but twice the price that I would have paid at Pink's. A surprise to eat at three of the older restaurants/food stands in LA in a three day span, without having to drive anywhere.

Next time I serve jury duty, I'm taking the DASH down to Little Tokyo.

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